#196: How to prepare your music for a successful release

There’s a big difference between making your music available and making your music connect. Thousands of new albums and singles are being “released” every day. But how do you make sure YOUR NEXT RELEASE will make an impact? In this discussion, you’ll hear from CD Baby’s Patrick Griffin, Anna Held, Ben Hubbird, and Chris Robley…

#195: Our 5 takeaways from the 2017 DIY Musician Con

“I feel like I got $1000+ worth of information at the DIY Musician Conference,” said guitarist Lance Allen. If you weren’t with us in Nashville, we can’t give you a time machine, but we CAN share some takeaways, tips, and highlights. In this episode, Kevin and Chris recap their 2017 conference experience and also answer…

#194: Why you never need to tour…EVER! (A Live Podcast)

“How can I build a successful career without going on tour?” That’s one question we get asked a lot on the DIY Musician Podcast. Whether your travels are limited by a job, a family, or a disdain for sharing a van with stinky bandmates for weeks on end, in this episode, taped in front of…

#193: The 2017 DIY Musician Conference preview + more!

What can artists learn and experience at 2017’s DIY Musician Conference in Nashville? In this episode, Kevin and Chris give a detailed conference preview to help you plan your trip. Plus Soundcloud news, listener questions, and a necessary game of bad cop/bad cop.    

#192: Fake artist controversy and real artist questions

Spotify’s recent “fake artist” issue: a real streaming rights conspiracy, or a whole lot of nothing?  Who gets to decide what a “real artist” is anyway? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through the controversy and also answer real emails and real phone calls from real listeners. Articles referenced in this episode: http://bit.ly/2uvhPxo http://bit.ly/2uvf8vV http://bit.ly/2v6pweV…

#191: Music streaming myths debunked

Many of the things you’ve probably heard about music streaming are wrong, yet those myths persist. Why? In this episode, Kevin and Chris debunk some of the prevalent music streaming myths, try to separate truth from fiction, and talk about the factors that have muddied the discussion within the music industry thus far. Plus, news…

#190: 5 music branding lessons from Third Man Records

Are you making a clear and powerful impression with your music releases, career choices, merch, visuals, and shows? In this episode, Chris and Kevin discuss five things they learned about artist branding from Jack White’s Third Man Records. Plus, big news about Spotify “payola,” a SCOTUS ruling on The Slants’ band name, and more. See…

#189: Cathy Heller – Turning musical inspiration into focused action

Kevin last spoke to Cathy on Episode #169 of the podcast where she detailed the opportunities in the world of sync licensing for independent artists. That episode garnered a lot of positive feedback with the top question being, “How do I turn that inspiration into action?” In this episode, Cathy details much of her processes that…

#188: Why you’re not making any money from your music

There’s a good reason why “poor musician” jokes abound: we aren’t known — by and large — for our financial acumen. Have you found yourself complaining about not making any money in this biz? Well, maybe it’s not just bad luck. It could be a bunch of small (and avoidable) mistakes that have kept you…

#187: How to use Facebook Live to get results

Anyone can point a smartphone and hit the Facebook Live button. But can you put on a real SHOW through Facebook Live? IN this episode, Kevin talks with Wade Sutton and Amanda Jones about how they used Facebook’s streaming video feature — and a whole lot of planning and practice — to turn a live…

#186: Jim Jesse – Copyright and music law for indie musicians

What rights are you entitled to when you create original music? WHY and HOW should you copyright your music? What happens if you don’t properly register your copyrights with the Library of Congress? How do you put together an agreement that’ll keep your band members happy and motivated? In this episode, entertainment lawyer Jim Jesse (RockNRollLaw.com) joins…

#185: Is your age an obstacle to music success?

Yes, the entertainment industry is obsessed with newness and youth, but your age doesn’t have to be an obstacle to success. In fact, if you play it right, your history can be an asset. In this episode, Chris and Kevin talk about some ways to make sure you’ll have a long-term career that matures with…

#184: Jack Conte – How to get fans

The biggest thing holding your music back might be YOU! In this episode you’ll hear Jack Conte (of the band Pomplamoose) talk about the importance of creative momentum, the crippling effect of premature self critique, and why you need to put out as much music as possible to create the widest “funnel” for your potential…

#183: How to get your music career started

You’ve finished your first recording, but how do you turn that into the start of an actual music career? In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss the essential steps you should take to begin (or restart) your music career on the right footing, make a good impression, and build your “brand” with intention. Plus some…

#182: 60 ideas in 60 minutes

Recorded live at the 2016 DIY Musician Conference with Tony van Veen, Karen Marie Mason, Bob Baker, Martin Atkins, Chris Robley and Mark Hornsby. A solid hour of 60 quick tips on marketing, social media, songwriting, recording, distribution, PR, and artist management, jammed into a single, high-impact hour, presented by experts with decades of experience. Better…

#181: How to get your music on Spotify playlists, Pt 2

The first step in establishing a playlisting presence on Spotify is to create your own playlists, seed them with your own music, and attract followers. But what works? What’s a waste of time? How do you get Spotify to take notice? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about their own recent playlisting experiences and…

#180: How to get your music on Spotify playlists, Pt 1

Getting your music onto a popular Spotify playlist is the modern-day equivalent of having a hit song in a local radio market. It’s an important step in reaching a larger following, and it can drive significant revenue. But you don’t just GET a song placed in a curated Spotify playlist. You need to work your…

#179: How I got 50,000 views in 3 days

Checking the data — it’s probably NOT the most inspiring aspect of your music career, right? But the key to success could be waiting just below the surface of those daily reports and analytics. You just need to make a habit of looking, noticing the trends, and adjusting to the unexpected. That’s what Kevin Breuner…

#178: Your questions and our answers

We love getting listener feedback, whether it comes in on our listener line, by email, or in comments and tweets. As 2016 nears its close, Kevin and Chris use this final episode of the year to answer listener questions, recap some big music streaming news, and more. Happy holidays!

#177: Musician’s guide to conquering the holidays

“Christmas time is here again,” as the Beatles once sang, bringing with it a huge spike in music sales, streaming activity, concert opportunities, YouTube ad revenue, tablet and smartphone purchases, and more. Is your music ready to conquer Christmas this year? In this episode, Kevin and Chris draw up plans for you to make the…

#176: Ari Herstand – 26 things to do before you release your song or album

Are you really ready to release your new music? In the frenzied juggling act that leads up to the launch of a new song or album, it’s easy to miss some crucial things, or let them slip through the cracks because you’re over-eager, under-prepared, or just not properly informed. In this episode, DIY musician and musician…

#175: The Authentic Artist Branding Bootcamp (DIY Musician Podcast Live!)

Most musicians are terrible at telling their story and describing their sound. Why? We’re inside the music AND the mind that made it, so it’s easy to lose perspective. But a band that has a solid grasp on their branding has a huge advantage over acts that don’t. In this episode, taped live at the…

#174: 12 Tips for a Better Band Website

You don’t need to completely redesign your website to keep your fans engaged. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple tweaks. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss 12 tips that will help you get the most out of your current website — plus big streaming news (and a major discount on web hosting and…

#173: Kevin Breuner – Cutting Through the Noise

Kevin Breuner

How do you get music noticed in a world that has become so noisy? Is it possible to get anyone’s attention in an age where we’re bombarded with constant messaging and information? In his opening keynote for the 2016 DIY Musician Conference, Kevin lays out the foundation for cutting through the noise and getting people…

#172: The 2016 DIY Musician Conference Preview

Deep voice: “In a world where one thousand independent musicians take over a historic and haunted hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago for the weekend…” For this episode, Kevin and Chris give a preview of the DIY Musician Conference and talk about the moments they’re most looking forward to. Plus big music streaming news.